U Sein Win Aung, former Myanmar ambassador to China
Relations between Myanmar and China have been strained by the fighting that erupted in the Kokang region on February 9 between government troops and forces loyal to Pyone Kyar Shin, who heads the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army. It is the most serious fighting in the region since 2009, when the MNDAA was ousted from power in fighting that followed its refusal to form a border guard force under Tatmadaw command. Mizzima’s Kay Zue discussed the relationship between Nay Pyi Taw and Beijing in an interview with U Sein Win Aung, who was Myanmar’s ambassador to China from 2000 to 2003.
U Htun Htun Naing, managing director Blue Ocean
|U Htun Htun Naing in Blue Ocean's Yangon call center. Photo: Hans Hulst|
Entrepeneur U Htun Htun Naing has been an information technology pioneer in Myanmar for nearly 15 years. His adventures in IT began in 2001 when he launched BEE Cyberland, a firm that focussed on animation and software development. In 2003 Etrade was born, a portal that provides information about commodity prices. U Htun Htun Naing’s big success story began in 2009 when he founded Blue Ocean, Myanmar’s leading call centre provider. Mizzima Weekly’s Hans Hulst spoke to U Htun Htun Naing about trail blazing in a frontier market and the growth potential for call centre services.
How can journalists reconcile the need to share information with the danger that the news they report could potentially incite violence or spread panic?
‘More women should have their voices heard and addressed in the peace process’
British Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone has been visiting Myanmar in her capacity as the UK’s champion for tackling violence against women and girls overseas. Mizzima Weekly’s Matt Roebuck spoke to Ms Featherstone about her visit.
Kraisak Choonhavan, conservationist, human rights activist
Thai conservationist and human rights activist Kraisak Choonhavan has long campaigned against hydroelectric dams. Dr Kraisak, an academic for 20 years before he entered politics with the Democratic Party, was a member of the Thai Senate from 2001 to 2006 and served as chair of its foreign relations committee. Dr Kraisak is president of the Bangkok-based Freeland Foundation, which campaigns against wildlife and human trafficking in Myanmar and the region, and is a senior advisor to Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission, which has been investigating the role of Thai companies in plans to build dams on the Thanlwin (Salween) River. Mizzima Weekly’s Geoffrey Goddard sat down with Dr Kraisak for a wide-ranging discussion about dams and Thailand’s energy policy.
|Mr David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Photo: United Nations|
How can ongoing legal changes in Myanmar – still emerging from nearly five decades of isolation – lead to an atmosphere that promotes press freedom, rather than limiting it?